Usually my Touch2Touch posts develop from a thought, a quote, a poem, an event. This time, though, I just want to share an image with you. Nothing profound or significant, just an image of a brick wall.
I took this photo of the wall for the same rationale often attributed to mountaineers for climbing mountains, “because it was there.” It was there, and in this ordinary parking lot nothing much else was available. But somehow, when I looked at it in the computer, this blank brick wall delighted something inside me. I still don’t know what, but it doesn’t matter, does it? I think we’ve all had this experience, of finding something we didn’t even know we were looking for.
This is the original image — almost. Because in pastel New England I miss so achingly the brilliant colors of even decaying walls in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I couldn’t resist the temptation to kick it up a notch. In real life the image is slightly faded, like the old wall of this abandoned and restored silk mill building that now houses various practitioners of high-tech medicine to cure all our ills (until, of course, it doesn’t).
Grateful as I am to modern medicine — after all, it saved my life not so long ago — I think it is beauty, beauty of all kinds, even the beauty of decay, that may be the true mundi medicina, the medicine of the world.
(What do you think heals and saves the world?)